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outcry and political pressure, congress will vote today on a $9 billion hurricane sandy relief bill. relief many say is long overdue. >>> turn for the worst, venezuelan officials admit hugo chavez is battling respiratory failure, now calling their leader's status severe. >>> and trapped on thin ice. two teenagers stuck in the middle of a frozen life, clinging to a dead tree for hours. their dramatic rescue just ahead. >>> wow. good morning. welcome to "early start." we're happy you're with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> we begin this morning with a snowy mess in west texas. conditions are so bad that large portions of interstate 10 between el paso and ft. stockton were closed overnight. do they really get a lot of snow? they've gotten record snow in that area. >> you're absolutely right. it was really the spaghetti bowl on i-10. the biggest problem where were the icy bridges and overpasses. that's what closed portions of the road. those roads have since been reopened. now, el paso picked up 2.9 inches. believe it or not, it's not ou
of the challenges of the fiscal cliff and hurricane sandy, economists are predicting 150,000 new jobs. that will remain at 7.7% unemployment. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more on this. >> reporter: mara, good morning. holiday hiring and shopping could also have some play into all that. we'll know in about an hour and a half what those new job numbers look like. 150, 160,000 new jobs is what we're hearing. but the jobless rate 7.7% expected to stay about the same. there are a number of things we do know that could have some impact here, adp says private job growth was about 215,000 in the last month. weekly unemployment claims up about 10,000. we also now know retail sales were up more than expected about 4.5%. again probably that holiday boom. auto sales were up about 9% and that's something that was predicted after hurricane sandy, a lot of people lost their cars it was predicted that the auto industry might end up benefiting from that. bottom line as we await these numbers it will tell a story how the economy is doing when you look at the big picture, economists are fair
after the fiscal cliff. and tomorrow's promised vote on aide for victims of super storm sandy. plus, the students of sandy hook elementary head back to school for the first time since last month's massacre in newtown. >> they wanted to see their teachers and they just want, like we all want, normalcy. >> jon: across the line in new york, a legal battle is brewing over a newspaper's controversial request to publish the names of gun permit holders. tonight, a county clerk stands his ground. >> that's seriously not even funny. >> dramatic winter rescue after a half dozen people fall into a frozen lake. i'm jon scott in for shepard smith. house speaker john boehner hangs on to his gavel and a new congress gets to work after a wild ending to the last congress. the speaker was facing opposition from some of his fellow republicans over the fiscal cliff deal and for scrapping a vote on aid for victims of super storm sandy. at one point today more than two dozen house republicans said they might not vote to reelect him as speaker. that could have been enough to force a second ballot for the
president of the united states, the next one will be black. does it add up? >> plus, a sandy relief package, a little one, finally passed today by the house and the senate, but a new jersey congressman says it is too little and too late. >>> and a popular hollywood actor says he took on starbucks and won. mcdreamy, otherwise known to some of you perhaps as patrick dempsey, comes "outfront." sfx- "sounds of african drum and flute" look who's back. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. pretty sweet, huh? cute. but don't you have any apps on your phone that can make your life easier? who do you think i am, quicken loans? at quicken loans, we'll provide you with m
, the next one will be black. does it add up? >> plus, a sandy relief package, a little one, finally passed today by the house and the senate, but a new jersey congressman says it is too little and too late. >>> and a popular hollywood actor says he took on starbucks and won. mcdreamy, otherwise known to some of you perhaps as pat dempsey, comes "outfront." excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. >>> our second story "outfront," too little, too late. that's how new jersey congressman frank pollone is describing the $9.7 billion sandy relief package that actually today did pass the house and then later on the senate. pollone and other lawmakers in new york and new jersey want $
in construction jobs. almost 40,000, because of hurricane sandy rebuilding and the housing recovery. >>> and in washington, the new congress is gearing up to get down to work. they have a full plate in front of them, with their fair share of bitter battles already looming. abc's tahman bradley joins us, now, from washington, with the latest. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. right out of the gate, members of this new congress have a lot to deal with. they have to take on spending and deficit reduction. but the first order of business is aid for people still struggling to put their lives back together after hurricane sandy. the newly sworn in 113th congress gets down to business today. first up, a vote on a $9 billion aid package for victims of superstorm sandy. but that's just a fraction of the $60 billion in aid the senate had approved. the house adjourned before the vote, which set off a firestorm. northeastern politicians erupted. >> republican leadership has turned their backs on new yorkers. >> we sent them there. we sent them there. to do the work
following superstorm sandy sandy may have also helped -- superstorm sandy may have also helped the economy finish on a strong mark. >>> there's a big job opening up at the obama administration. treasury secretary timothy geithner reportedly plans to leave his post at the end of the month, even if a deal to raise the debt ceiling hasn't been reached at that point. jeff liu is said to be his choice. interesting choice, because he's not traditionally an economist. >> he's not a ghoul goldman sachs guy? >> he's just not the usual suspect. >> what do you have for us next? >> why you need to be very careful about saving money. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton set a date to return to work after her hospitalization. that story coming up. >> and staffers start their year by counting up thousands of animals at one of the world's biggest zoos. >> and rg3 talks about facing another sensational rookie quarterback in his postseason debut. >>> and a good friday morning. a cold one, especially south of town. that's a little unusual. we even have a few upper teens. it's going to be a sunny and breezy
of the charges. >>> finally, some relief is heading to the victims of superstorm sandy. we'll have much more, much, much more is needed. >>> and living in fear, trying to escape and suffering from more than just war. inside a camp for syrian refugees that is still in harm's way. [ male announcer ] break the grip of back or arthritis pain with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law a 9.7 billion sandy relief package. it was the first legislative package of the new congress. lawmakers will consider a $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged that house speaker boehner cancelled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> earlier i spoke with our political regulars, elsi granders granderson. elzi is a senior writer for espn, and anna is a republican strategist. we talked about the fiscal cliff and the strategizing that new
will be released today isn't spite of the challenges of the fiscal cliff and hurricane sandy, economists are predicting $150,000 new jobs. nbc's tracie potts is in washington with more on this. >> reporter: mara, good morning. we don't know for a few hours but economists are encouraged that at things will remain steady this month. that's because of the fact that december is always a little bit off because it includes all of the holiday hiring and not all of those jobs are permit. adt does a private report and says 200,000 workers in november, that's up in december. the four-week average is steady, though. again, there were aberrations there as a result of the holidays. economists say, despite the holiday possibly throwing a wrench into this and superstorm sandy. remember, that had an impact on the november report as well because of a split week there, not all of the jobs that were lost were reported in november. so we could see some revisions as well in this december report. but there are a couple of other signs that could be encouraging. auto sales up 9%. and retailers say their sales w
to the victims of super storm sandy. we'll have much more, much, much more is needed. >>> and living in fear, trying to escape and suffering from more than just war. inside a camp for syrian refugees that is still in harm's way. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during super storm sandy. president obama signed into law a $9.7 billion sandy relief package. it was the first legislative package of the new congress. lawmakers will consider a $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged that house speaker boehner cancelled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast m
still suffering in the aftermath of super attorney sandy. the house voted 354-67 to provide $9.7 billion to cover insurance claims filed. all the no votes came from the republican side of the aisle before the vote took place republicans and democrats from new jersey and new york, the state's most affected by the storm rose to your honor it's patsage and condemned speaker john boehner for dragging his feet on the bill. >> this legislation is vital. this is not a handout. this is not something that we're looking forward to as a favor. we're asking to be treated as victims in other storms and natural disasters have been treated. >> the insurance runs out in one week. what are we going to do, wait for one week and then act? who the heck are you kidding? >> eliot: for more i'm joined by congressman greg meeks and one of the leaders fighting to get these dollars back to those who suffered from the storm. congratulations, you won. >> we did today, but there is a lot more to do. as you know, eliot this is $9.7 billion as you indicated for flood insurance. but we have a bigger amount, $51 billion
because the ma major work of helping th victims much sandy is still ahead of us. bit more from e senator schumer yesterday talking about votes taken or lack of vote by paul ryan on the house bill and getting his comments. [video clip] >> flood insurance is an obligation of the federal government. in other words, people who pay flood insurance have paid hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars a year and in return the federal government says if you are flooded we will reimburse you for the damage you suffer. so i don't understand why anyone would not want to vote for that provision. i haven't heard congressman ryan's reasoning. >> [inaudible]? >> that is just terribly harsh to a homeowner who lost his home. should they sit around and wait two years and lose their lives until we reform the promise? in is nothing wrong reforming the program but to hold the homeowners who desperately need this money and have paid in for this money as almost hostage to reform? that is unconscionable. that is wrong. and i would hope congressman ryan would reconsider. host: senator schumer from yesterday. yo
little, too late. that's how it's being described, the $9 billion sandy relief. they want $60 billion. now, house speaker john boehner says there's going to be a vote on the remaining $51 billion. he says it's going to happen on january 15th but that's not good enough for representative pollone. he's out front tonight. let's deal with the build bill that had to deal with the flood insurance. 67 people voted no for including paul ryan. he said washington shouldn't be creating new debt and it would be irresponsible without making necessary reforms. debt ceiling may be an on muss sign of the future. what's your response to that? the national flood insurance is in crisis. >> the point is people paid their premiums and now they suffered and have damage and now paul ryan and others are saying they shouldn't -- the claims shouldn't be paid. i mean it's ridiculous. if you paid for any kind of insurance and you found out they weren't going to pay the claim, what would you think? i mean that's essentially what they're saying. >> in terms of the vote today and what happens next, charlie rangel,
>>> on the broadcast tonight, back to school. students and teachers from sandy hook elementary make an emotional return to class today for the first time since that tragic school shooting. >>> making history, and it's only day one. what lies ahead for the new congress. and tom brokaw with one new senator who is already making a name for himself. >>> memory problems in menopause. tonight, important health news for women who wonder if it's their imagination. >>> and never too late. how a growing number of older americans are finding love these days, and why some big names are getting into the dating game. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >> good evening, i'm lester holt in tonight for brian. in newtown, connecticut, this was a day filled with trepidation and deep emotions as the pupils and staff of sandy hook elementary returned to class for the first time since the mass murder there. tomorrow will mark three weeks since the rampage that left 20 children and 6 adults dead. the building where it
the gunman killed 20 of since the gunman killed 20 of since the gunman killed 20 of snoof students of sandy hook elementary school went back to school today for the first time since the shooting that killed 20 of their classmates and six adults in the newtown, connecticut, school. students were relocated to a different one, a building altogether in a different town in monroe, keblth cut. that's because sandy hook is still part of an active investigation and they don't know if the kids will return to that building. there is certainly increased security at the new school, an upgraded system of cameras and locks and parent were there to help the teachers as well. of course, a very emotional day for all. the school superintendent said that they would try to make it as much of a normal rue tin as possible, doing the kinds of things that they know are good for kids and that they would be familiar with. gary tuchman had a chance to talk to a couple of people at newtown. one set of the parents sent their 7-year-old daughter back to school today. >> reporter: he will la is a first grader at sandy ho
. >>> still ahead, paul ryan votes to let sandy victims suffer without relief money. but he wasn't always so cold. we have a hi pock ra si alert coming. plus, secretary of state hillary clinton back to work together but we're still walting for the apology e polg at the claims he'll question or he'll miss,even for them, ilgts's really lame. you're watching "politics nation" right here on msnbc. ♪ [ male announcer ] shift the balance of power decisively in your favor. the exclusive 8-speed transmission and rotary shifter in the 2013 ram 1500. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 1500. motor trend's 2013 truck of the year. ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to fo
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the new house of representatives decides whether to approve billions of dollars in aid for hurricane sandy victims. had measure worth more than $9 billion is up for discussion days after the house sparked controversy and decided to delay the approval of emergency and recovery funding. the money would pay flood insurance claims for more than 100,000 throughout the northeast. it's part of a larger $60 billion package the senate has already approved, but the house did not vote on before adjourning for the new session which began yesterday. >>> even with anger over the delay of aid for sandy victims, the house voted to give john boehner a second term as speaker. >> i present the people's gavel to the speaker of the house, john boehner. may god bless you. [ applause ] >> boehner got the house's top job, even despite several conservatives voting for someone else. it was a symbolic protest of boehner's decision to hold off on voting for sandy aid. after the vote, boehner said the federal deficit is still a problem that lawmakers must address. >>> we'll get a look at the december jobs report. the
're helping the east coast recover from hurricane sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us. everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. >>> prisoners, including death row prisoners could be set free because of a doctor's workload and tactics is the focus of a major investigation. cnn's victor blackwell has been looking into this very disturbing story. >> if you died in mississippi of any sort of suspicious circumstances, chances are dr. hand was going to be cutting you open. >> that's a former public defender talking about dr. steven han, a pathologist who has done tens and thousands of autopsies. >> how many would you say from the late '80s until probably a few years ago. >> somewhere in the range of 1400, 1500 nrk that range, maybe 1600. >> that's five to six times what's recommended by the national association of medical examiners. for the first time on television, han is resp
in the connecticut after the sandy hook school shooting, there was less interest in buying guns. other democrats suggest the time to act is now. >> we will not allow, and the public will allow the normal to be mass shootings every month. >> the top senate republican says there are higher priorities >> the biggest problem we have at the moment is spending and debt. that will dominate the congress between now and the end of march none of these issues, i think, will have the kind of priority and spending and debt are going to have a the next two or three months. >> white house aides say mr. obama plans to move forward the agenda in a timely fashion. leading republicans say in addition to spending and debt, jobs are another top priority, suggesting the gop is slamming on the brakes on the gun issue. lou: thank you very much, as always. our chief congressional correspondent. senate majority leader harry reid apologizing after saying last week that hurricane katrina was nothing in comparison to what happens to the people of new york and new jersey during hurricane sandy. his comments drew a sharp rebu
giffords will be in newtown, connecticut attending a private event in honor o of the sandy hook elementary shooting. a gunman killed 20 students and six staff members. giffords was shot in the head two years ago in tucson, arizona. six others in the shooting died including a 9-year-old girl. the gunman there, jarod lee loughner was sentenced to life in prison back in november. >>> today the house will decide whether to approve billions of dollars in aid for hurricane sandy victims. it's worth more than $9 billion. it's up for discussion days after controversy for delaying the emergency funding. the money would pay flood insurance claims for more than $100,000 throughout the northeast. without it, this he would go unpaid. the house did not vote on it before adjourning for the new session. >>> much of the frustration over the delay of the sandy disaster bill has been directed at house speaker john boehner. even so, his colleagues voted to keep him as speaker of the house yesterday. the representative from ohio was given the top job even despite several conservatives voting for someone else a
from hurricane sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us. everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. >>> students of sandy hook elementary school went back to school today for the first time since the shooting that killed 20 of their classmates and six adults in the newtown, connecticut, school. students were relocated to a different one, a building altogether in a different town in monroe, connecticut. that's because sandy hook is still part of an active investigation and they don't know if the kids will return to that building. there is certainly increased security at the new school, an upgraded system of cameras and locks and parent were there to help the teachers as well. of course, a very emotional day for everyone. the school superintendent said that they would try to make it as much of a normal routine as possible, doing the kinds of things that they know ar
smack down. it's chris christie versus paul ryan facing off over sandy relief. and putting ideology over people. and nothing is certain except death, taxes and right-wing out rage at president obama's family vacation. we're breaking out our video tape tonight. plus, president obama's not so secret political weapon. joe biden, he's sealing deals and having a whole lot of fun on the hill. the tape everyone is talking about is coming up. >> hey, mom! >> hey. >> how are you? i'm joe biden. come on, mom. take a chance. ruin your reputation here. >> you're watching politics nation on msnbc. [ male announcer ] where do you turn for legal matters? maybe you want to incorporate a business. or protect your family with a will or living trust. and you'd like the help of an attorney. at legalzoom a legal plan attorney is available in most states with every personalized document to answer questions. get started at legalzoom.com today. and now you're protected. but i'm still stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels
-in congress tackles the hurricane sandy aid bill today. will the vote tear republicans apart, again. >>> the december jobs report. just 90 minutes away. how will holiday hiring affect the numbers? what does this mean for the health of our economy? >>> video you have to see. take a look at this. teenagers trapped on the ice. clinging to life on the tree. the rescue you need to stick around to watch. >> among guests this morning. former ohio congressman steve la tourette, newly sworn in congresswoman tulsi gabbard. mike dewine, tim ferriss and steve rinella. i have one word for you. >> squirrel. >> it's true. we have squirrel. friday, january 4th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> our starting point this morning. in just hours, the brand spanking new 113th congress will vote on a nearly $10 billion aid package for superstorm sandy victims. this after the outrage over speaker boehner canceling the initial vote early this week. athena jones live in our washington bureau. expected to be an easy one today, dana? >> it looks like it will be passed. about $9.7 billion in borrowing auth
with our lives getting ready for a national collection and the holidays to follow. then sandy hit. sandy was the worst storm to strike new jersey in our history. 346,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. nearly 7 million people and over 1000 schools were without power. 116,000 new jerseyians displaced from their homes, 41,000 families are still displaced from their homes today. sandy have damage to our homes and infrastructure, but it did not destroy our spirit. the people of new jersey have come together as never before across party lines, across ideological lines, across ages and races and backgrounds. from all parts of our state, even from out-of-state. everyone has come together, so today, let me start this address with a set of thank yous for me on behalf of the people of this great state. first, i want to thank the brave first responders, the national guard, and emergency manager experts who prepared us for this storm and kept us say in its aftermath. [applause] i want to thank the members of this legislature for their cooperation in answering stand challenges and for being by my si
measures being considered by joe biden's task force established after the sandy hook shootings. what, if any, new gun laws should be passed? it's our talk back question today. facebook.com/carolcnn. or send me a tweet. >>> now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, what, if any, new gun laws should be passed? we're getting our first glimpse into what the white house may propose in terms of gun legislation. according to "the washington post," joe biden and his task force are considering reip st e reinstating the ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, requiring universal gun checks for gun buyers, establishing a national gun sale database, strengthening mental health checks, imposing stiffer penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors. wow, ideas, something to talk about. forget that. already, nra-backed lawmakers are shooting down the administration's approach. >> i think you need to putter g everything on the table, but what i hear from the administration and if "the washington post" is
over hurricane sandy relief funding. take a look at how the fiscal cliff vote broke down by region. the fiscal cliff vote. john writes about it in the in you republic. i love these numbers. all in all, 85 republicans voted for the senate resolution and 151 voted against it. the opposition was centered in the old south, southern republicans opposed the measure by 83 to 10. 83 to 10 do down south. the delegations from alabama, mississippi, georgia, virginia, and tennessee, and south carolina were unanimously opposed. in the east, the northeast, house republicans were 24 to 1 in favor, with new york and pennsylvania unanimous. well, the danger for the gop is it's becoming a religious sectional ultra conservative party great at winning and holding gerrymandered seats but too willing to sacrifice entire regions of the country. former congress chris shays is a republican from connecticut and howard fineman is editorial director of "the huffington post" as well as an msnbc political analyst and our pal and my pal. look, chris shays, it's great to have you on because you have always been m
of massive flood damage from superstorm sandy. we'll explain. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> 24 hours and bipartisanship ushered in with a brand new congress already seems to be shifting just weeks before the next major battle over the debt ceiling republican lawmakers are making it clear they are ready to fight the president. let's bring in our national political correspondent on capitol hill with the latest. >> it seems old habits die hard. remember the moments yesterday as members of 113th congress were sworn in? never mind. after surviving a failed coo led by his own members john boehner wants to take the same fractured party into battle. in a closed door meeting of house republicans a source tells cnn boehner said he will demand budget cuts larger than any increase in the debt limit. boehner told the members the focus turns to spending that puts republicans and congress back on a collision course with the white house after the president insisted he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not the
in new york, new jersey and connecticut. this is for victims who were battered by hurricane sandy two months ago. another bill is expected to be voted on next week from vied a comprehensive $51 billion aid package to cover damage from sandy and help prevent similar disasters in the future. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton goes back to work today after several health problems in the past month. the hospital released secretary clinton last wednesday after treatment for a blood clot following a concussion and a stomach virus. doctors expect her to make a full recovery. clinton has a week of meetings scheduled including three at the white house. she's expected to leave office as soon as her successor, nature john kerry is approved by the senate. >> the an accused of gunning down a dozen people in a movie theater will be in court today. the preliminary hearing begins in colorado where a judge will decide if james holmes will be tried for murder. he'll be in the courtroom this week as prosecutors outline their case in detail and in public for the first time. nbc's leanne gregg joins u
finally going to victims of superstorm sandy more than two months after it devastated parts of the east coast. president obama signed a lbill into law, another bill is expected to be voted on next week to provide a comprehensive $51 billion aid package to cover damage from sandy and to prevent similar disasters in the future. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton goes back to work today. she was released from the hospital last summer for treatment of a blood clot. her doctors expect her to make a full recovery, she has a full week of meetings schedule, including three at the white house. >>> preliminary hearings begins in colorado today, when a judge will decide james holmes will stand trial for murder. holmes will be in court this week. nbc's leann craig joins us now. good morning. >> good morning. hundreds of people are expected to attend the hearing where large amounts of previously sealed information will be revealed, including gruesome details of what happened inside the theater. more than five months after the theater massacre, attorneys will lay out the case against
'll be okay. >> and a lot of people felt that way. the people of sandy hook trying to move forward and honor the lives lost. i'm deborah feyerick, thanks for joining us. i'm deborah feyerick. have a good night and a great have a good night and a great week. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> big new developments in the health of hillary clinton. she is back to work today. >> the case against accused a rare ra movie sheeter james holmes. we are just hours away from prosecutors unveiling their evidence in court. >> the biggest scandal to hit washington since washington. call it knee gate. >> seriously. >> what is one of the brightest stars doing in the game with a bum knee only to injure it again, maybe even worse? >> i cannot tell you how we have been discussing this this morning. it's a story. >> there is outrage. there is consternation in washington right after the fiscal cliff. can they get no reprieve after all the problems they've had? >> oh, my goodness. >> welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> nice to have you back. i'm zoraida sambolin. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. the
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are really still suffering in the wake of hurricane sandy. you will see president obama to some extent engage in getting this passed quickly. >> he talked about his approach to reducing the deficit. let's take a look at this. >> i believe we can find more places to cut spending without short changing things like education, job training, research and technology. all of which are critical to prosperity in the 21st century economy. they must be reformed. >> what does the white house try to get what the president wants out of his next budget showdown? >> they have already put part of their strategy into motion which is basically getting republicans to compromise on the tax issue. remembering in the budget battle, they got them to increase taxes on wealthier americans and think that has set a precedent for moving forward for including new revenues and spending cuts and see president obama hitting the road. taking his message in the weekly address out to the people. i'm told we will see him start to do that soon after the inauguration. alex. >> kristen welker, save travels when you head home. thank
congress, relief for the victims of superstorm sandy. today the house approved nearly $10 billion in aid to pay for flood insurance claims. jennifer johnson is on the hill where lawmakers have been outraged, baas the bill's passening has been delayed. >> that's right. the new congress began with often emotional, angry testimony from lawmakers demanding more aid for victims of superstorm sandy. lawmakers from the northeast were leaving nothing to chance, furious that money for flood insurance claims have been held up for victims of superstorm sandy. >> they've been suffering. they have suffered long enough. they need to hear from their government. >> this is a total, total disaster in helping those people. >> reporter: the vote was delayed earlier this week by how speaker john boehner unleashing a string of protests, now some republicans claim that the program was out of money, adding to the debt. >> the national flood insurance program is broke. it is beyond broke. it is now taxpayer bailout broke. >> the yays are 354, the nays 67. >> reporter: the bill easily passed but 67 house republi
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for thousands of victims of superstorm sandy, both chambers of the new congress approved a measure. the remaining $51 billion will be considered later this month. joining us now is ken fineberg, the managing partner of the law firm. also somebody who worked on these issues for years. you have given away what? $29 billion to victims of 9/11, katrina and several others, bp, and virginia tech, and some of the others, so what is your role as far as superstorm sandy is concerned? >> liberty mutual, private insurers, with claims all over the atlantic region has decided to set up a program to accelerate the processes of insurance claims rising out of sandy. anybody insured with liberty first tries to resolve the claim in the normal course with liberty. if that does not work, liberty has asked me to set up an independent mediation program designed to place the insured and the insurer together with a neutral third party to try to resolve the claim quickly within a matter of four to six weeks, without resort to litigation. >> so you will be medicimediati liberty and individuals who are not s
, starting with hurricane andrew, way before katrina and sandy, there was andrew back in 1992. killed 15 people, second costliest storm in u.s. history adjusted for inflation and it really did change how hurricanes were forecast and how the nation really responded. that was beyond devastating for those communities down there in florida. >> the winds were gauged at 160 miles per hour and another huge story is the riots. the rodney king riots which happened after those four officers were acquitted in the beating of rodney king. they rioted over six days in april of 1992, looting, assault, murder occurred during the riots and estimates of property damage topped $1 billion. >> and they pulled that truck driver out and beat him with a brick. that was a dark time for the country and exposed relations in america. something that these stories of 1992, also a big year politically, as well. we all remember this guy. president clinton won election that year. the guy from hope, arkansas came into the white house and obviously, changed the face of politics. i remember my parents saying for the first
since the sandy hook elementary school shooting. it was crafted to be as normal of a day as possible. >> reporter: this morning school buses picked up students in newtown. less than three weeks after a gunman killed 26 at sandy hook elementary school, classes resumed. >> the kids got off the bus. a lot were happy to see friends. >> reporter: this school is now renamed sandy hook elementary school. signs welcomed the students to help them feel comfortable. their desks were brought from the old campus to the new school and parents was able to stay with the children today. >> counselors, therapy dogs. parents. everybody was happy to get back in the swing of things. >> reporter: having police guarding the school. today checking i.d.es. >> we don't want them to think this is a police state. this is a school. >> reporter: connecticut's governor announced a new commission to review gun laws, mental health support and school safety. >> we don't know the cause behind this tragedy and we probably never will. not in a way that will make sense of what happened on that day. but that cannot be an
be related to the aftereffects of hurricane sandy. unemployment is expected to hold at a rate of 7.7%. >> also today after a few days of delay, the house is set to vote on a measure that would allow more than $9 billion in relief for hurricane sandy victims. lawmakers sparked outrage this week when the housa jurned for the session without voting on the measure which is needed to pay for flood insurance claims for 100,000 people in the northeast. it's part of a larger $60 billion package approved last week by the senate. >>> there is still a sticking point. congress has yet to negotiate the spending cuts. it could extend the current pay freeze beyond that spring expiration. >>> this morning, idaho senator will be in court to face dui charges. the republican was arrested just after midnight on december 23rd in alexandria. he was pulled over after running a red light. he failed several sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol level of .11. he's apologized for what he calls a mistake and won't fight the charges. he's due in district court at 9:00 this morning. >>> today in
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